Humboldt State University Forever Humboldt Alumni Newsletter

September 2021

HSU Alumnus Gives $1 Million for Scholarships for Local Students

Dan Phillips standing in a gymnasium

Thanks to a $1 million commitment from Dan Phillips (‘91, Business and Computer Information Systems), a native of Humboldt County, students from all four Eel River Valley high schools (Fortuna, Ferndale, South Fork, and South Trinity) who attend HSU are now eligible for scholarships totaling up to $4,000 each.

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Getting ‘At-Promise’ Young Men of Color to and Through College

Michael Lynch wearing a suit standing in front of a grey blue wall

Michael Lynch (‘11, Business Administration) is the founder and CEO of Improve Your Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educational equity and empowering young men of color to graduate from college.

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HSU Alumni Trek Through Six Rivers National Forest for Holiday Trees

Students standing in front of a tree

The 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is an 84-foot white fir from the Six Rivers National Forest, located in Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte, and Siskiyou counties. HSU alumni helped select 60 additional trees to be harvested that will complement the holiday decor in Washington D.C. this December.

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Fun times in Denver!

Students standing in front of a tree

Thanks to everyone who attended the Denver Alumni mixer on August 24. We hope to see you next time we’re in your local area!

Alumni Owned Business Highlight

Brushfire Battle Systems

Brushfire Battle Systems was started by David Whitman (‘93, History) after the Camp Fire destroyed the city of Paradise. He kept seeing pools full of water and ash next to what used to be someone’s home. He figured out ways to access pool water for firefighting and started Brushfire Battle Systems to defend homes with pool water.

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Are you an alumna or alumnus who owns a business? Join our Alumni Owned Business Directory! Fill out our form to be included in the directory.

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Take the Humboldt Quiz

How much do you know about Humboldt State? You could win great Humboldt prizes! Just click the answer button to respond. Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for Forever Humboldt gifts.

What year was Improve Your Tomorrow founded?

  • A. 2007
  • B. 2011
  • C. 2013
  • D. 2021

Last month’s quiz asked, “What is the name of the foundation that started a scholarship to help transfer students attend HSU?” Congratulations to Cathy Halvorson Rudolph (‘80, Psychology) for submitting the correct answer and winning the drawing. Answer: Crankstart Foundation

Questions? Comments? Rants?

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Stephanie Lane (’04 & ’16)
Office of Alumni & Engagement